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Press Release -- August 17th, 2016
Source: CenturyLink

CenturyLink increases network connectivity options for global data center customers

Expanded Interconnection Ecosystem achieves full network diversity, delivering more connectivity across 58 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific

MONROE, La., Aug. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL, news, filings) today announced it has significantly increased the number of network carriers available for interconnections across its data center portfolio. CenturyLink customers now have access to 99 different carriers and network providers across the company’s 58 data centers throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. CenturyLink offers an average of seven network carrier connections at each data center, and some facilities offer more than 20 unique providers.

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The expanded connectivity options enable companies to stay better connected with their customers in today’s “data-centric” environment. CenturyLink’s growing Interconnection Ecosystem facilitates secure, reliable data center connectivity by offering hosting and colocation customers direct, low-latency connectivity to a broad array of ecosystems beyond the walls of the data centers.  Robust connectivity options provide access to ISVs, content-delivery networks, financial matching engines, carrier hotels and on-net access to more than 260 data center facilities.

“In today’s increasingly digital world, businesses, government agencies and consumers alike face drastically increased needs for connectivity,” said David Meredith, senior vice president, global data centers, CenturyLink. “In order to meet this steep demand, organizations must take a hybrid IT approach and maximize the value of their IT assets. By accessing several different data center carriers, CenturyLink customers are better positioned to deliver reliable and secure connections for their clients.”

“As the fast-evolving digital economy accelerates the market need for agile and secure IT infrastructure environments, organizations are leveraging colocation providers to extend their IT footprints in facilities with reliable and performance-optimized network interconnection ecosystems,” said Melanie Posey, Research Vice President at IDC. “The digital economy is geographically dispersed; therefore, IDC sees a long-term need for distributed IT environments and diverse, interconnected networks.”

The increase in carrier connections follows an announcement made earlier this year by CenturyLink about the expansion of its global data center footprint, new facility certifications and leading-edge innovations for hosting services. Visit for more information regarding CenturyLink’s data center network and interconnection options.

About CenturyLink
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.

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